Margaret River Main Street Development

Welcome to the online hub for the Margaret River Main Street Development project! This page includes project updates, draft plans and a public Q&A.

We recently conducted engagement with the community over May 2017, on the final design of the Main Street Development. Check out the updated fact sheet here or ask us a question below.

Why redevelop the main street?
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is committed to meeting the strong desire of the community to increase pedestrian safety and manage traffic flows in town. It also fully supports creating opportunities for businesses to flourish, showcasing the Margaret River region and brand to support the prosperity of our region as a whole.

How will it enhance the main street?
The redevelopment of our main street will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists accessing our town centre. The main street and surrounding areas will be transformed, making our town centre an attractive, modern, international tourist destination. Plans will incorporate al fresco dining areas, beautiful landscaping, street furniture, mood lighting, public art works and wider footpaths.

Timelines

May 2017 - Community engagement to finalise engineering & landscape design
2017 - Tenders will be invited late 2017
2018 - Works will start in 2018 once the Margaret River Perimeter Road is completed

Welcome to the online hub for the Margaret River Main Street Development project! This page includes project updates, draft plans and a public Q&A.

We recently conducted engagement with the community over May 2017, on the final design of the Main Street Development. Check out the updated fact sheet here or ask us a question below.

Why redevelop the main street?
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is committed to meeting the strong desire of the community to increase pedestrian safety and manage traffic flows in town. It also fully supports creating opportunities for businesses to flourish, showcasing the Margaret River region and brand to support the prosperity of our region as a whole.

How will it enhance the main street?
The redevelopment of our main street will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists accessing our town centre. The main street and surrounding areas will be transformed, making our town centre an attractive, modern, international tourist destination. Plans will incorporate al fresco dining areas, beautiful landscaping, street furniture, mood lighting, public art works and wider footpaths.

Timelines

May 2017 - Community engagement to finalise engineering & landscape design
2017 - Tenders will be invited late 2017
2018 - Works will start in 2018 once the Margaret River Perimeter Road is completed

Ask us your questions! We will aim to answer you as soon as we can.

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  • Please no traffic lights this will destroy our country town look that tourists come here to see! They don't want to see more Urban Style Solutions that are invading the region (urban roadside lighting towers etc) with dressed up streets of shire council bling ! Keep Margaret River Country or you will destroy our tourist attraction Country village community.

    James Place asked about 2 months ago

    Hi James,

    Thank you for your question. I can advise that there are no traffic lights being considered in the current Main Street Redevelopment  design.

    Please do not hesitate to ask any further questions :)

    Thanks,

    Helen


  • We are very concerned that we will loose our country town look and feel by being modified and turned into an ugly Dunsbrough or a Bling Bay View Terrace Claremont! Can you ensure it will remain a rustic country town look that locals and tourists can identify with as unique Margaret River ?

    Spirit of Place asked 4 months ago

    Hi Spirit of Place,

    Thanks for your question, we understand your concern. The Shire is committed to preserving and enhancing the unique character of Margaret River. Please be assured the current design takes into consideration a range of design principles including creating a sense of place. The lighting for example, that has been chosen will provide a softer and natural glow as opposed to the truck lights currently in place. I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask another question if you'd like further information.

    Thanks,

    Stacey

  • Hello I downloaded the plans but because they seem to be low resolution I could not read the plan text. Where can I get a higher resolution version? Cheers Jon

    jlukman asked 5 months ago

    Hi Jon!

    Thanks for your question, sorry I had some issues uploading those maps. I have just now uploaded a word version which should be much better. You can download here. Please let me know if you have anymore issues!

    Thank you,

    Stacey

  • We have a business on Bussell Highway next door to the Coles express garage Here parking is an issue .The new redevelopment plan ,with narrower traffic lanes and less parking spaces on the road will make this an even greater problem .Is there allowance for additional parking off the main road? For example could the block on the corner of Churchill Ave and Bussell highway be reconsidered for additional parking ?This stretch of road is also used by caravaners and tradesman with trailers -will the bays accomodate these ? Jo

    Joanne Paris asked 5 months ago

    Hi Joanne,

    Thank you for your question and apologies for the delayed response.

    The block on the corner of Churchill Avenue/Bussell Highway is earmarked for sale. The proceeds of the sale of this property will contribute to the Main Street upgrade. Parking for caravans is currently being separately investigated. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to ask another question.

  • As a business owner of premises in Fearn Avenue we have many employees of other business using the car park out side our business for the duration of their daily employment in the CBD area We are in favour of timed parking on the Bussell Hwy BUT this would also be needed in Fearn Avenue as our clients need to have access to parking to visit our businesses otherwise Fearn Avenue parking will be overtaken totally for long term use. which is not acceptable to our retail businesses. Kaye Exell Civic Video

    Kaye Exell asked 5 months ago

    Hi Kaye,

    Thank you for your question and apologies for this delayed response.

    The impact of timed parking in the Main Street will be monitored, and if required supported timed parking could also be considered in Fearn Avenue. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to ask another question.

  • Where can I find the Traffic Analysis ( GHD report ) of the Margaret River town centre, as mentioned at last night's meeting ?

    Linton asked 5 months ago

    Hi Linton,

    Thanks for your question and apologies for the delay in this response.

    The Traffic Analysis report is currently in draft form and will be completed soon by the consultants. Once finalised the results will be posted on the Shire website and this Your Say page.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to ask another question.

  • Are the private parking bays along the south side of the Riversmith building going to limit the options for narrowing Fearne Avenue? Can I suggest that any proposal to limit traffic on Fearne Avenue is trialled first before being made permanent? A really fun 'pop-up parklet' could be installed temporarily using planters, bollards, decking and street furniture. We could thoroughly test the idea for its effect on traffic and traders, and refine it before going ahead. I've seen this work so well elsewhere that the trial version became permanent with almost no extra work. Saved a lot of money! Lastly, could this not be done prior to the acquisition of the main street from Main Roads and without any major grant funding?

    tomdo21 asked 5 months ago

    Hi Torndo21,

    Thanks for this question. The current design proposes a left turn into Fearn Avenue only. The current design also allows for removable bollards which will allow for the road to be closed at times when required. It is anticipated that the final design will allow for a variety of uses of this space. The Shire will monitor the traffic at this location and adjust the traffic movements as required.

    The Shire will not acquire the Main Street from Main Roads WA. Main Roads WA will hand over the main street to the Shire :)

  • Proceeds from the sale of Shire land are going to help fund the project. What land is going to be sold?

    tomdo21 asked 5 months ago

    Hi Torndo21,

    Thanks for your question. The Shire will contribute $2M towards the Margaret River Main Street redevelopment. There are approximately $1.5M in the Margaret River CBD Redevelopment Reserve. The remaining funding will be in part from the proceeds of the sale of the land on the corner of Churchill Avenue/Bussell Highway :)

  • I'm not convinced a roundabout is the best option for the Wallcliffe intersection. I think traffic lights are much more friendly for kids and elderly folk. If done well, they don't look too bad either. They require less space so footpaths and nature strips could be widened. I wonder, if we know for sure that a roundabout would actually reduce traffic congestion at school drop off times. Has a traffic engineer modelled both options? What were the findings? What do the schools think?

    tomdo21 asked 5 months ago

    Hi Torndo21,

    The roundabout option was proposed by traffic engineers. The 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey showed a 80% preference for a roundabout at this location. Further consideration can be given to increasing the roundabout capacity or the installation of traffic lights in future years :)


  • There doesn't appear to be any change to the Tunbridge/Churchill intersection in the proposal, which is odd given how fraught it is. I had a very close call here recently and I've seen many others. Tunbridge and Churchill being offset is confusing for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. This is exacerbated by a lack of line markings and the large, truck-friendly corners that enable cars to take the corners at speed. Would the Shire please consider traffic lights here to improve safety and make it pedestrian and cyclist friendly? It's only a matter of time before there is a tragic accident here.

    tomdo21 asked 5 months ago

    Hi Torndo21,

    Thanks for the question. There are no traffic lights proposed in the current design, but this could be considered in the future :)

  • Has the main street redevelopment been designed with view to reducing the speed limit? Currently it's 50 but it's actually pretty hard to go above 40 safely. It's 40 as you pass the schools during crossing times so it makes no sense when heading north to then allow drivers to speed up to 50 once you pass Wallcliffe and go downhill into the busiest part of town. It really should be 40 between Carters Road to Boodjidup roundabout (which is actually what should constitute the "Main Road" going forward into the future). I think this would enjoy wide support in the community. Could it not be done before handover?

    tomdo21 asked 5 months ago

    Hi Torndo21, 

    Thank you for your question and sorry for the delay in this response. The current design will reduce traffic speeds. Setting of speed zones require Main Roads Western Australia approval, 40km/hr speed limits are generally only applicable to school zones.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or to ask another question.


  • we have property in Tunbridge Street opposite District Club. At the moment there is a lot of traffic heading down towards Bussell Highway including large vehicles will this be reduced. It can be very noisy first thing in the mornings.

    Penny asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Penny!

    It is anticipated that the Perimeter Road will take most of the heavy vehicle traffic out of the Main Street. However, heavy vehicles with coastal destinations may still require to use either Tunbridge or Wallcliffe Roads. Consideration could be given to implementing load limits and wayfinding signage which could further reduce heavy vehicle traffic using Tunbridge Street.



  • When will you do something to Augusta's main street ?

    Grahame asked 11 months ago

    Hi Grahame, Thanks for your question. Concept plans were developed for Augusta Main Street improvements in 2010. Some works associated with these plans have been implemented over time such as the replacement of some trees with Cook Pines, road reseal and flood mitigation works, paving, conversion of some parking bays, etc.  Please feel free to contact us for more information here.

  • Is making Margaret River and Augusta RV and Caravan friendly area's a priority as this is a huge area of complain from tourists about the Shire. Regards Grahame

    Grahame asked 11 months ago

    Hi Grahame, Thank you for your question! Caravan and RV parking have not been considered as part of the Main Street upgrade. Increased provision for caravans and RVs in the proximity of the Main Street would be subject to separate investigation(s). Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


  • Will there be an opportunity for the community to discuss the closing of the whole or part of the Main Street to vehicular trafficwithnparking and access to a broad plaza accessible from Fearn Avenue and Town View Terrace?

    Tingrith asked 12 months ago

    Thanks for your question Tingrith. The plans that have been prepared are based on the main street remaining open to traffic. To close the entire street, or a section of it, would mean diverting through traffic onto other streets and there would be a significant reduction in on-street parking.  The outcome could be significant congestion at key intersections (such as Bussell/Churchill/Tunbridge, Charles West/Tunbridge, Townview/Wilmott, Forrest/Townview, Bussell/Forrest/Wallcliffe and Fearn/Wallcliffe), so the impacts would have to be assessed via a comprehensive traffic and parking study if this option was to be considered. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need more information here or have another question.


  • Hi, Does the proposal include: - a footpath south from the high school to the Education campus/Farmers Market? - a footpath north from Shell to the river and a pedestrian walkway on the east side of the Margaret River bridge ? (two conflicting drawings here) - measures to prioritise pedestrians over vehicles (e.g. at crossovers and crossings, reduced radii to road corners)? - a safe crossing point for mountain bike riders under the bridge on the north side of the river? - a pedestrian crossing over Higgins St? Have traffic lights been considered for the Wallcliffe Rd intersection? They are less intimidating for kids, elderly and cyclists than roundabouts. Lights do however have a stigma attached to them in country towns. Was this a factor in choosing to go with a roundabout? Are traffic lights an option? Fearn Ave looks to have been reduced to a single lane. Is it one way and are there turning restrictions in or out of Fearn Ave onto the highway?

    tomdo21 asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your questions tomdo21!

    The proposal does not include a footpath south from the high school to the Education campus/Farmers Market. This is a separate project that the Shire has included in a ten-year Council endorsed pathways plan that was recently open for community consultation.  The scope of the main street upgrade is limited to the section of Bussell Highway between the Margaret River Bridge and Wallcliffe Road.

    The proposal also does not include a footpath north from the Shell Service Station to the river and a pedestrian walkway on the east side of the Margaret River bridge. The Main Street upgrade includes a continuous path along the east side of Bussell Hwy north to the Old Settlement, but not a bridge over the river on the east side.  There are structural issues with attaching a pedestrian bridge to the existing timber vehicle bridge. The path network through the Old Settlement to the existing footbridge to Rotary Park is deemed an acceptable alternative.
    In relation to measures to prioritise pedestrians over vehicles (e.g. at crossovers and crossings, reduced radii to road corners), the Bussell/Fearn/Willmott intersection will be raised and paved.  Other intersections will also be designed to be more pedestrian friendly. Turn radii will be as small as possible but have to cater for trucks accessing existing business premises.  A number of new pedestrian refuges and identified crossing locations have been included. 

    Safe crossing points for mountain bike riders under the bridge on the north side of the river is outside the scope of the project but will be considered in the development of a MTB strategy for Margaret River, which is to be prepared in 2016/17.

    The proposal does not include a pedestrian crossing over Higgins St. However Fearn Avenue is proposed to be one-way in-bound with only “left turn in” movements possible.

    Traffic lights were an option considered for the Wallcliffe Road intersection but a decision was made to go with a roundabout.  There are advantages and disadvantages of both options, including the stigma and pedestrian/cyclist friendly aspects that you mention. There are strong community and professional views both in support of and opposed to the proposed roundabout.

    Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions or clarifications needed.

  • Has a sunshine and shade diagram together with a wind rose been produced for this development? As brunch is a common pastime in the main street being able to have breakfast in the sun in the MR cool months is desirable as is deep cool shade in summer. When a tourist drives into the main street in MR what would they notice that conveys a genuine sense of a sustainable community?

    SUZANNE LITTLE asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Suzanne, thank you for your questions. 

    Has a sunshine and shade diagram together with a wind rose been produced for this development? 

    Given the nature of the development (mainly widening of footpath) and its context (2 storey buildings) a sunshine and shade diagram together with a wind rose would add little to inform the design. However, consideration has been given in the design to the climatic conditions in the proposed plantings and also shade structures have been included in the proximity of the current taxi rank and sun lounges at Reuther Park.

    When a tourist drives into the main street in MR what would they notice that conveys a genuine sense of a sustainable community?

    The design includes several sustainable features such as rain gardens. The river theme is incorporated throughout the design ensuring a clear link to Margaret River. 

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

  • Hi, I have been a Margaret River resident for 7 years. I'm excited to read about the new developments and envisage it to be a very positive step towards creating a more tranquil and vibrant town centre. I have two questions. Firstly, I understand work will commence after the perimeter road has been completed, but how are you going to manage extra parking, and traffic volume with the more narrow street design? During peak tourist season it is currently very difficult to get parking and traffic congestion makes negotiating that area (crossing at Willmott and Wallcliffe) very difficult. But even during winter with normal local congestion this is still a problem. Secondly, has a roundabout been discussed for the Bussell/Willmott junction? I work off Willmott and at close of business times this junction is extremely congested and difficult to cross. I thank you for your time and look forward to your response.

    Kelmo asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Kelmo, thank you for your questions!

    In relation to your first question on how extra parking and traffic volumes will be managed with the narrow street design: the primary purposes of the widening of the footpaths and narrowing of the traffic lanes are to improve road/pedestrian safety and amenity in the town centre. There will only be a marginal decrease in parking spaces in Main Street. It is anticipated that the traffic in the Main Street will reduce with alternative routes available via the Perimeter Road and John Archibald Drive.

    In relation to your second question, if a roundabout had been discussed for the Bussell Highway/Willmott junction: No, the current design propose the closure of Fearn Avenue and a redesign of the T-Junction. Construction of a roundabout at this location would be very difficult given the amount of space available and land ownership. Consideration will be given to traffic movements anticipated at this location in finalising the design.

    Please keep an eye on this page and in the paper for opportunities to get involved in finalisation of the design. Please do not hesitate to contact us again should you have any further questions.

  • Please respond to - Why spend so much money on the main street development - making it 'pretty' - when you could be paying down the Shire debt? Why foster 'elitism'? I agree the Wallcliffe Rd/Forrest Rd/Bussell Highway intersection safety requires being addressed.

    AuGold asked about 1 year ago
    Thanks for your question Augold. The main objectives of the project are to provide improved road safety, traffic efficiencies, drainage and public amenity. The Shire’s contribution towards the project is about 25% of the total cost. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you'd like more information about this project.